LA:RISE Program Presented at LA County Small Business Commission
EWDD staff delivered a presentation about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program to the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission on Wednesday, July 12. The presentation was made to increase awareness in the region’s small business community about the program’s efforts to place the hardest to serve populations in jobs, including the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and disconnected youth.
Launched in 2015, LA:RISE, which is managed by EWDD, is a five-year program that provides integrated services from the City’s Workforce System, social enterprises and retention support providers with the goal of giving participants the
The report provides an in-depth analysis of key industries and occupations for the LA region, including occupational forecasts, and provides a strategic blueprint on how to focus resources so that workforce development is aligned with the region’s economic development priorities.
VaKA Burger Will Open Storefront Thanks to Hollywood BusinessSource
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Chef Aaron J. Perez in securing a $200,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow him to expand all-natural gourmet eatery VaKA Burger to a new location at 3107 Beverly Boulevard in LA’s Rampart Village neighborhood.
Mr. Perez launched VaKa Burger in 2013, amassing a following for its grass-fed burgers that resulted in positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Eater LA.
Historic Dearden’s Turns to EWDD Rapid Response Team to Help Workers
The City of Los Angeles EWDD’s Rapid Response Team provided an overview about applying for unemployment benefits, resources for job training and information about applying for health insurance on July 5th and 6th to 89 employees of Dearden’s, a historic Los Angeles business that is shuttering its doors in August after 108 years.
“I’m really happy that the services are out there, especially for employees that have been doing this a very long time,” said Ronny Bensimon, Chief Executive.
LATTC Partners with Movie Producer to Create Construction Apprenticeship Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated
Scott Budnick, producer of the “Hangover” movie franchise, recently partnered with the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to create apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades for individuals recently released from prison.
EWDD’s Vernon Central WorkSource Center, operated by CRCD, was instrumental in partnering with LATTC and ARC by providing tools, Union Initiation Fees, financial coaching and interview preparation services.
West Valley BusinessSource Helps Open Boomtown Brewery
The West Valley Business Source Center assisted the founders of Boomtown Brewery in idea development and also provided a $250,000 business loan to help their dreams of a tasting room become a reality.
Boomtown Brewery in the Los Angeles Arts District was started by three beer lovers, John Rankin, Samuel Chawinga and Alex Kasianaris. Named after the California Boomtowns in the 1800s during the Golden State’s gold rush, Boomtown Brewery crafts artisan old world, unfiltered, gravity fed and full flavored beers.
Para Los Niños YouthSource Center Celebrates High School Graduates
Cheers of pride filled the Plaza de La Raza auditorium in East Los Angeles on June 16, 2017, as family and friends celebrated the high school graduation of approximately 47 Para Los Niños YouthSource Center students who passed the HiSET high school equivalency exam.
“The staff helped me believe in myself and all the support they gave me helped,” said Modi Gomez, a graduate and student commencement speaker. “I really want to say ‘Thank you’ because I think I wouldn’t have gotten this far.”
North Valley BusinessSource Center Helps Top Chef-Led Restaurant Expand, Retain Employees and Create New Positions
The North Valley BusinessSource Center recently helped an Encino-based restaurant secure a $250,000 business loan, allowing it to complete an expansion, keep 15 jobs and add 26 new positions.
Douglas MacClean owns a chain of four restaurants, including Scratch Bar & Kitchen (SBK), which opened in December 2015 with great fanfare for its unique twist on standard restaurant concepts and commitment to preparing artisanal dishes from scratch. Leading SBK’s kitchen is Executive Chef Phillip Frankland Lee, who competed in season 13 of renowned Bravo TV cooking competition show Top Chef.
EWDD’S YouthSource and Hire LA’s Youth Programs Represented at City/County Summer Youth Hiring Kick Off Events
The City and County of Los Angeles kicked-off their summer youth hiring campaigns with several events in early June. At least half a dozen students from the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHTYC) took the stage at the June 8 press conference launching the County’s 2017 Youth@Work Program.
First District County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment of 20,000 jobs to the Youth@Work Program. BHTYC alum Jessica White, currently a student at Santa Monica College, gave a speech where she emphasized the